Love of Nature among the Greeks and Romans

Love of Nature among the Greeks and Romans

Love of Nature among the Greeks and Romans

Love of Nature among the Greeks and Romans

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Awake, Aeolian lyre, awake,
And give to rapture all thy trembling strings.
From Helicon's harmonious springs
A thousand rills their mazy progress take:
The laughing flowers that round them blow
Drink life and fragrance as they flow.

Woods, that wave o'er Delphi's steep,
Isles, that crown th' Aegean deep,
Fields, that cool Ilissus laves,
Or where Maeander's amber waves
In lingering lab'rinths creep,

Where each old poetic mountain
Inspiration breath'd around;
Ev'ry shade and hallowed fountain
Murmur'd deep a solemn sound.

THOMAS GRAY

The isles of Greece, the isles of Greece!
Where burning Sappho loved and sung,
Where grew the arts of war and peace,
Where Delos rose, and Phoebus sprung!
Eternal summer gilds them yet,
But all, except their sun, is set.

BYRON

A brighter Hellas rears its mountains
From waves serener far;
A new Peneus rolls his fountains
Against the morning star.
Where fairer Tempes bloom, there sleep
Young Cyclads on a sunnier deep.

SHELLEY

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